Nick Coatsworth issues response to doomsdayer doctor who claims kids SHOULDN’T go back to school


Nick Coatsworth posted a three-word dismissal of a doomsayer doctor who said Australia’s children aren’t safe to go back to school until everyone over the age of five is vaccinated.

Professor Kerryn Phelps, a doctor and the former Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney, posted an alarming video to her social media warning parents not to send their kids back to school.

‘As a doctor this really disturbs me,’ she said after announcements NSW will resume classes in January.

‘Sending children back to the classroom in the peak of a pandemic makes absolutely no sense.’

Dr Coatsworth issued a simple three-word reply to Dr Phelps’ sentiments on Twitter on Saturday night, urging Australians not to listen to the advice.

‘Ignore this individual,’ the former deputy chief medical officer wrote.  

Nick Coatsworth posted a three-word dismissal of a doomsdayer doctor who said Australia’s children aren’t safe to go back to school until everyone over the age of five is vaccinated

Dr Phelps said Queensland have ‘sensibily’ announced they have ‘no intention’ of sending children back to school, while condemning NSW for moving forward with sending back kids on day one of the first term.

‘Classrooms are crowded and most are poorly ventilated. Primary school children are mostly unvaccinated and there are supply issues with the vaccine,’ she said.

‘That means most children will not be vaccinated before the start of term. The longterm implications of even mild infections for a child, including long Covid, are still largely unknown.’ 

She said case numbers are ‘expected to continue to rise’ and infected children will result in unwell teachers and caregivers.

‘If children become sick, their caregivers have to stay home from work during the isolation period. If caregivers become sick, who looks after the sick children?’ she asked.

‘With the high numbers of Covid in NSW, many teachers may have Covid or become close contacts and there will be fewer teachers available to work in classrooms.

‘There will be logistical problems getting all teachers to get a third dose before the start of term.’ 

Dr Coatsworth issued a simple three-word reply to Dr Phelps' sentiments on Twitter on Saturday night, urging Australians not to listen to the advice

Dr Coatsworth issued a simple three-word reply to Dr Phelps’ sentiments on Twitter on Saturday night, urging Australians not to listen to the advice

Dr Coatsworth, who was in charge of Australia's vaccine rollout, instead says the world is on the verge of using Omicron to bounce back from the nightmare of the last two years

Dr Coatsworth, who was in charge of Australia’s vaccine rollout, instead says the world is on the verge of using Omicron to bounce back from the nightmare of the last two years

She called for the delaying of classes returning, saying an outbreak in schools could have significant ramifications. 

‘This announcement is not about keeping people safe, it’s a recipe for chaos,’ she warned. 

‘All school children will need to wear masks and the role of rapid antigen testing will need to be increased. 

‘Return to primary school classrooms should be delayed until vaccination levels are optimal and mitigation measures are completed, and this wave of the pandemic has passed.’

Dr Coatsworth, who was in charge of Australia’s vaccine rollout, instead says the world is on the verge of using Omicron to bounce back from the nightmare of the last two years.

‘We will live our lives again as part of the incredibly social and incurably optimistic human species that thrives on this planet,’ he said in an op-ed for the Sydney Morning Herald. 

‘2022 will be the year the pandemic ends. It could even be sooner than we think.’ 

Top doctor Kerryn Phelps (pictured) has unleashed an unprecedented attack on the NSW Government over their handling of the Omicron crisis in a no-holds-barred video

Top doctor Kerryn Phelps (pictured) has unleashed an unprecedented attack on the NSW Government over their handling of the Omicron crisis in a no-holds-barred video

Dr Coatsworth said the human race had emerged from countless pandemics throughout history – and it will make us stronger and more capable of managing the next in future.

He was the face of Australia’s vaccination programme rollout when it first began, and he said the massive widespread uptake will be key to our future.

He hailed the way the Australian public had rallied to the cause and got jabbed to protect themselves and the community. 

‘The virus itself has also helped us,’ he said. ‘It has evolved into a definitively milder illness with a complete uncoupling of case numbers and hospitalisations.’ 

‘The evidence for this emerged from South Africa very early in the Omicron wave and now has been validated around the world to the point of being conclusive.’ 

Dr Phelps said she and her colleagues were stunned by NSW health minister Brad Hazzard's admission that modelling predicted 25,000 cases a day by the end of January

Dr Phelps said she and her colleagues were stunned by NSW health minister Brad Hazzard’s admission that modelling predicted 25,000 cases a day by the end of January

In December Dr Phelps blasted NSW Premier Dom Perrottet’s decision to axe almost all Covid restrictions with case numbers soaring as ‘unfathomable’ and followed the state’s ‘appalling’ decision to let Delta rip earlier in the year.

‘The political decisions by the NSW government to even drop the no-brainer requirement of masks just reeks of indifference to the suffering it will cause,’ she said.

‘This is not freedom. This is denial. It will not keep us all safe.’  

Dr Phelps said she and her colleagues were stunned by NSW health minister Brad Hazzard’s admission that modelling predicted 25,000 cases a day by the end of January. 

‘It is some weird form of cognitive dissonance that sees a government ease safeguards in the same week as exponential growth in case numbers starts to explode,’ she said. 

 A Chemist Warehouse in Sydney is sold out of rapid antigen tests as they become increasingly necessary for navigating the pandemic for Australians

New South Wales has recorded 16 Covid-related deaths overnight as new cases drop to 30,062 with a further 44,155 identified in Victoria.

While cases appear to have significantly dropped in both states, true numbers are likely far higher than what is being reported, particularly in NSW where the results of rapid antigen tests are not yet included in tallies.

In NSW, just 98,986 people got tested on Saturday with 83,993 in Victoria, compared to 116,915 and 89,513 a day earlier. 

For many young people across the nation, it's been 'business as usual' as they enjoy the holiday period

For many young people across the nation, it’s been ‘business as usual’ as they enjoy the holiday period 

Cases in Victoria more than doubled this weekend after residents were given the ability to lodge the positive results they received on the at-home testing kits.

It is expected NSW will have a similar experience from Wednesday, when residents are encouraged to upload their positive at-home result to Service NSW. Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said on Friday even then, cases are likely to remain ‘underestimates’.

Premier Dominic Perrottet revealed on Sunday he’d doubled his order of urgent rapid antigen tests to 100 million to alleviate the burden on the public health system.

The tests – some of which will arrive this week – will be distributed to essential workers and vulnerable communities. 

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